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Microcredential in Waste Water Treatment: Principles and Practice

Level 4
10 weeks

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Awarding body: Swansea University

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The Microcredential in Waste Water Treatment is a 20 credit, Level 4 module that is a standalone qualification. It has been designed to develop knowledge and skills in waste water treatment to allow learners to become a competent water professional practitioner.

The qualifications aims to:

  • Provide sufficient learning points to enable the learner to become a competent water professional practitioner
    Support the student in developing the competent skills required in the water treatment industry.

The qualification learning outcomes are:

  • Explain environmental law and legislation relating to wastewater management
  • Explain the scientific fundamentals of basic scientific terms such as organic and inorganic chemicals, SI units and simple conversion of units
  • Understand the characteristics of the wastewater sewage and treated effluent 
  • Communicate the key processes associated with wastewater treatment including sludge management and trade effluent.

Key information

Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable, and other qualifications not listed may also be accepted on an individual basis:

  • Typical A-Level offer: DD
  • Typical BTEC offer: relevant BTEC Level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass
  • Typical Welsh Bacc offer: Grade C and DE at A Level
  • Typical Access to HE offer: Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 Level 3 credits all passes.

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualifications e.g. mature students with relevant employment experience, will be considered on an individual basis by the programme lead and other members of the programme team.

The qualification will be delivered over 25 formal contact hours, with an additional 15 non-contact hours taking place online.

The sessions will be broken down into:

  • One day (seven hours) as an introduction at the start of the course
  • One day (seven hours) in the middle of the course
  • One day (seven hours) at the end of the course, which will include a visit to a waste water management facility
  • Two x two hour tutorials will be available online
  • The last 15 hours of the course will be online work that students will make their way through between the contact hours of the course.

The course will be taught online and in-person to give you the flexibility to study at a higher level.


The qualification will be assessed through two primary assessments:

  • A written assessment of 2000 words, to be completed half way through the course
  • A timed assessment on the final day of the course.

This microcredential is designed to be a standalone qualification for professionals within the industry or aiming to work in the industry. There are other microcredentials that you can apply for both within Gower College Swansea and Swansea University.

Course costs

£750 although funding may be available to those who live or work in Swansea.

Course duration

10 weeks.

Additional fees

There may be additional costs associated with this course i.e.

  • Travel to and from College, or placement  
  • Photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks).


Telephone: Higher Education team 01792 284098